Backcountry Trip Report 2/21/2022

This post is a guest contribution from one of our Bolton Valley Backcountry Guides, Chris Duff. Chris has been exploring steep and deep lines all over north central Vermont for about 20 years and about 10 years at Bolton – first with EMS and Catamount Trails and now Bolton Valley Backcountry.  He likes to telemark down whatever comes his way and loves to share the backcountry stoke with whoever wants to join him!

Sunday was a beautiful, mostly sunny day, temps a bit warmer and 2-3+” of fresh blown in coverage on a frozen hard pack base for John and I.  We were able to find pockets of freshies where it filled in from the wind, but some exposed ice and other hazards were also present.  Brook crossings were occasionally washed out, but re-frozen with either a little step down and back up or a small remaining snow bridge.  Can’t quite ski right through them, one had a bit of open water.   We ventured out to George’s Gorge and back up Cliff and out Holden’s Hollow.  Perfect skinning conditions, variable downhill.  

All in all a great day, lots of learning and plenty of smiles.